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Everything changed in 2020 — including the beauty industry, which has long been dominated by big brands and brick-and-mortar retail. But there’s a shift afoot as consumers gravitate toward direct-to-consumer (D2C) beauty brands like Glossier and Drunk Elephant, which are primarily available online. That’s why by 2023, ecommerce is projected to account for 48% of beauty sales. These beauty ecommerce trends are yet another instance of how consumer shopping behavior has forever been changed by…

Let’s be honest: We’re all culprits of online window shopping. In today’s digital age, it’s all too easy to mindlessly scroll through an ecommerce site as a solution to boredom or procrastination. Yet, more often than not, we end up closing the tab without checking out or even adding items to the cart.  If you’re reading this, you’re probably also familiar with what’s happening behind the scenes: a team of nervous marketers watching as their…

The dictionary definition of a widget is a “gadget” or “an unnamed article considered for purposes of hypothetical example.” Consider this excerpt from a January 2021 article about football coach Nick Saban as a good example: “That guy can sell his shiny widget better than anyone.” But thanks to advances in technology, widgets are actual things now.  What Is a Widget? A website widget is a block of code you can easily embed into your…

There’s so much to do when you start your first — or fiftieth — digital marketing business. There’s ad copy to write, landing pages to design, and of course, tons of ads to build from scratch. Sometimes people get a little bit lost in all of that. They start to create their online presence, forgetting about the main reason they are doing it in the first place: their customer. This is the point where every online business…

For most of us who found ourselves suddenly working from home in March last year, 2020 marked a dramatic transformation of our daily wardrobes. We replaced slacks with sweatpants, banished uncomfortable shoes, and watched as our accessories gathered dust. The unforeseen, 180-degree upheaval of consumers’ needs impacted the fashion ecommerce industry heavily, with many brands pivoting to face masks and comfort-based apparel just to stay afloat.  Fast forward to 2021: As more Americans get vaccinated…

There are so many great things about Shopify. Not only can you quickly sell your products online with its easy-to-use platform, but there are also many ways to enhance your shopping experience with Shopify plugins. With over 4,000 apps to choose from, decision fatigue can quickly become a reality when you try to determine which Shopify marketing apps are the best for your business. More isn’t always better.   That’s where we come in. We have…

Late last year, Walmart conducted a radical experiment: Selling clothes on TikTok. The retailer hasn’t shared performance metrics. But regardless of how much merchandise is sold, the fact a retailer the size of Walmart is testing out social selling in the U.S. is a clear signal it’s only a matter of time before we’re buying products directly within our feeds, much like consumers in China already do.  What Is Social Commerce, and Why Is It…

Maintaining a positive digital reputation is critical for all companies, especially ecommerce brands that rely heavily on social proof. As more than 84% of shoppers trust reviews as much as they would a personal recommendation, it’s clear that ecommerce reviews — whether hosted on your own site or a third-party platform — are a powerful tool in your marketing arsenal.  But how do you transform those one-star duds into glowing five-star testimonials? How can you…

The nature of online business is changing fast, but that’s nothing new. In fact, managers in online companies are among the most adaptable, flexible, and forward-looking professionals out there.  That’s primarily due to necessity. With an average growth rate of 25.6% in ecommerce sales over the years 2014 to 2017, cyber-entrepreneurs have had to scale their businesses pretty quickly. But now, with global ecommerce sales amounting to nearly $3.5 trillion worldwide in 2019, a new…

“If you build it, they will come” is not exactly true of Shopify stores. To date, the ecommerce platform has helped more than one million brands sell online. But with Shopify’s success comes increased competition for online sellers, who are also vying for consumer attention with veritable retail giants. The secret to standing out and holding your own is Shopify SEO. By implementing the right site strategies, even small sellers can muscle their way into…